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Thursday 30 June 2016

Baroque Ornament Palm Fan Silhouette and Teardrop cards (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I have 2 cards to share with you using the lovely Baroque Ornament stamps.

Project 1 – Palm Fan Silhouette
  • Baroque Ornament Palm Fan Silhouette and Indian Elephant stamp set
  • 7 X 7 inch card blank and approx. 6 inch circle plus a scarp of stamping card
  • Inkpads: dye based (violet), multi-coloured (blue and violet), Versamark
  • Alcohol ink marker (violet)
  • Glitter pens (pink, purple, blue)
  • WOW embossing powder (Blueberry)
  • Glue pen and fine crystal glitter
  • 3D glue gel and foam pads

How to make it:
  1. Stamp the ornament and emboss with blue powder. Colour with glitter pens. Cut out the ornament. Snip into the petals and lift and shape. Using the glue pen ‘colour’ the outer sections and sprinkle with the glitter.
  2. Place the cut out ornament onto the circular mat and mark the outer positions of the image by dotting lightly with a soft pencil. Next draw in lightly cross sections of the circle to create 12 segments in total. This is to help you align for stamping. Stamp the small motif 12 times around the circle using the multi-coloured inkpad. Also stamp in the corners of the card blank.
  3. Edge the circular mat with a little dye based ink. Edge the card blank and circle with the alcohol marker to create a frame.
  4. Mount the ornament onto the circle using 3D glue gel for added dimension. Mount this onto the card blank using 3D foam.
  5. Finish with a little more glitter for extra sparkle.
Project 2 - Teardrop
The materials used were as above except using the Baroque Ornament Teardrop stamp, and with the addition of turquoise PVA pearls.

How to make it:
This one was made in a similar way to the first card. In this case the ornament was stamped twice and the central section cut, offset and layered onto the base one. Turquoise PVA pearls were used to finish.

Tuesday 28 June 2016

baroque ornaments and PVA

I remembered seeing a card on FB by Doreen Sympson last year that used a technique with PVA on stamps - I did try it, but wasn't too happy with the result at the time.
I decided to try again, but this time I used very cheap PVA instead of the decent stuff, and was much happier with the results.
Basically, lay the stamp face upwards, and cover with PVA glue - you need enough to cover the image, but not enough to give a thick coat.
I sprinkled brusho powders over the glue as well, and left them to spread.
Once the glue is dry - will take several hours - carefully peel off from the stamp and trim if necessary. Two of my pieces were trimmed down considerably because the edges weren't thick enough to hold together when I peeled the set glue off the stamp -still, they made nice flowers!
 I added some silver rub-on wax to highlight the design, stamped the leaves and sentiment from the bold blooms set and added my PVA pieces.
A spare piece went onto the cover of a small notebook, with a piece of leftover brusho card as background

Monday 27 June 2016

Palm Fan Silhouette and Tangled Ornaments (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a couple of projects made using the beautiful Baroque Ornament stamps, you can find them here.

My first projectd is a very quick card made using Palm Fan Silhouette Baroque Ornament and distress inks. I took a cream card blank and simply stamped the image with different colours of distess inks. I used Ripe Persimmon, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey.

I just added a sentiment stamped in black ink.

My second make to day is a notebook cover made with paper clay. I'm not an expert with paper clay but it was fun to experiment making this project.

I rolled the paper clay out so that it was just a little bit larger than my notebook and dusted the clay with Bundled Sage distress ink. Next I inked up the Tangled Baroque Ornament stamp with Broken China distress ink and stamped into the clay, it gives a lovely 3d effect. I repeated this process with Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet. I used the cover to cut out the shape of the notebook and glued it on to the cover. I left it to dry and then sanded the edges before applying gilding wax to highlight the raised areas of the design.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Sunday 26 June 2016

Baroque Ornaments by Zoe pt - 3

Good morning Lovelies and I'm back again for my third post using these delicious Baroque Ornament stamps.

My final card I used the Dots n Stripes stamp, I used 3 colours of mica spray inks, once dry I stamped with Versamark Inkpad and heat embossed using a pale green EP it doesn't look green in the photo but it's a very pale pearlised green, I then heat embossed using a gold EP onto some vellum the sentiment which I ripped tore and adhered loosely, added a gem, very quick and simple.

I hope you've liked my designs using these gorgeous stamps, I love to read your comments. Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx


Saturday 25 June 2016

Songbird Mixed Media Card (by Shilpa)

Hello everyone, I am back with another mixed media creation using the Chocolate Baroque Spring Bird Tulip stamp set.
I love this cute birdie from the Spring Bird Tulip stamp set, so I decided to add only him to my card.
I created the background with texture paste and a stencil. When it had dried, I used purple, pink and brown inks, and spread them on the card until I was satisfied.
The bird is stamped with black archival ink and coloured with purple and pink inks. I created a few layers of embellishments behind him for more interest.

I love how it turned out, hope you like it too.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,


Friday 24 June 2016

Fifteen Minute Cards- More Time Saving Ideas

Hello everyone, it is time for the second of our monthly fifteen minute cards round up from the Design Team and Guest Design team. The girls have come up trumps again with some super card designs to show you that speedy projects can be both elegant and eye-catching. We hope that you will enjoy the wide variety of styles and techniques covered in the following samples, and that they will encourage you to try out some of the designs for yourselves.

Dominike has made a selection of tree themed cards with colourful backgrounds and inspirational sentiments.

Anne's card has been created using a pretty background paper, and added Punky Flowers. A sentiment and bow complete the card perfectly.
Julie has used a gelli plate to create a simple background shape, stamped the image, and then added pencil colouring to each image on her little notelets.

I made a quick and simple Father's Day card using linen card, and stamped a script stamp and vintage cyclist onto the top layer. Adding the sentiment onto a little tag completes the card.
Two floral cards from Magda are next. The first uses scraps from another project, a Brusho background with a kraft mosaic design:
The second is a delft inspired project in shades of blue and white:
Brenda has created some lovely cards for us this time. To create her first card, she masked a sun and created a soft background with Pan Pastels using the colour that was already on the sponges from the previous use. Using water based markers, she inked one of the stamps from the Butterfly Flourish Swirls stamp set and spritzed it with water before repeat stamping across the bottom of the card. After removing the mask, she stamped a sentiment from the Pretty Poppies stamp set and matted and layered the background onto the base card.

For her second card,started by stamping the image from Let Your Heart Sing with Archival Black Ink and then used Pan Pastels to build up colour on the background using a mask to create the sun.
For her final card, she used a piece of smooth watercolour card for the background. She sprinkled Lemon Brusho onto the top section and spritzed liberally with water, the same in the bottom section using Leaf Green Brusho. Some of you may be a bit unsure about using Brushos, but they create really quick and easy backgrounds. Using Versafine Onyx Black Ink, she stamped an image from the Oriental Crane stamp set and a pussy willow from the Spring Foliage stamp set, and heat embossed them both with clear embossing powder. She coloured the crane with water based markers. For the bullrushes along the bottom, you can use a fabulous stamp from the Owl Edges stamp set.
Finally, we have three super cards from Zoe to close our fabulous group of samples. She has used an image from the Fancy Flowers stamp set on her shaped card:

 Zoe has used stamps from the Teeny Weeny Meadow stamp set to create the wreath on this card:
We hope that you have enjoyed our collection of cards that have taken no longer than fifteen minutes to create, and hope that something amongst what we have shown you today will inspire you. You can click on each of our names to reach our individual blogs, where you can find more detailed instructions for the cards.

We will back next month with more quick and easy cards to share with you, but in the meantime, do check out the daily inspiration on the blog from the Design Team. Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday 23 June 2016

Absolutely Fabulous new stamps launch today (by Lesley)

I am almost bursting with excitement as I am so proud to be bringing you five new designs from Sue that will blow your socks off!  

Today we are launching our Four Seasons Collection, plus a new tangled style stamp, and boy are these something.  They are all A6 size individual unmounted stamps, although they are available as part of our cling and cut service for a small additional charge. Anyway enough of the boring stuff here are the images you are waiting for.

The Four Seasons starts with Spring Awakening

followed by Summer Fair

then Autumn Medley

and finally Winter Dawn

I am sure you will agree that Sue has created something really unique with these stunning images and for all colourists, in any medium, they will be an absolute dream to play with. You can purchase these individually or we also have our usual money saving multi-buy available.

The fifth new release is entitled Tangled Birch and is another outstanding design.

All five of these stamps are so new we don't even have any finished artwork yet, but I really didn't want to keep these hidden any longer so I have released them ahead of time. Please watch out for loads of inspirational artwork to come from the Design Team who, I might add, have all nearly fainted with excitement at being able to work with these glorious images. 

Looking at these I am not sure which I would purchase first, but suffice to say that I remain in envy of Sue. Being able to draw this kind of beauty and quality of image is a wondeful talent to have and we are lucky enough to be able to share that in these exquisite new stamps. I am sure you will all agree.

In the meantime please don't forget to keep dropping by to see tons of inspirational and colourful artwork from our equally talented Design Team.  Now which one should I play with first!

Wednesday 22 June 2016

A little Birdhouse in your Soul (by Rachel)

Sadly we have reached the final week of Rachel's Guest DT spot and this week she has created a magical piece of home decor. Would love this in my house.

This week I used a Tando Creative birdhouse kit which I covered with acrylic paint. Then I used the Rustic Fragments stamp set to stamp on the birdhouse and then glued it together. 

I added birds from the Fly Away with Me stamp set that I had stamped with Jet Black Archival ink and fussy cut. The greenery was part of the Tando kit and finally I added flowers stamped, coloured and cut from the Birdcage Collage stamp.

I hope you like it! I have really enjoyed designing my projects over the last three weeks and look forward to seeing you all again later in the year.

Rachel x

And we have so enjoyed seeing your beautiful creations Rachel, thank you for your time in the Guest DT seat.

Don't forget we have new projects still to come from the Design Team ladies, so please drop by again.


Tuesday 21 June 2016

Dots 'n' Stripes Baroque Ornament (by Julie)

Hello, it's Julie here and I am so pleased it's my turn again, so that I can show you what I have made with these lovely new Ornament stamps. Both of my projects are created with the Dots 'n' Stripes Baroque Ornament

This first card is quite quite easy. I started by covering my base card with silver mirri and then cut a matt layer slightly smaller from plain white stamping card. Next I added a circle die cut to the centre and then stamped the Ornament twice onto spare card and coloured with pink and blue Pan Pastels. I cut them out and layered them up with 3d glue gel before adding a flat back gem to the centre, surrounded by clear sparkly glitter. I inked up the Ornament stamp with Versamark and stamped all around the white card that was cut earlier, which was then followed by applying pink and blue Pan Pastel all over the card, making sure it adheres to the wet Versamark ink. Carefully spray your card with a chalk fixative and when dry attach the wired ribbon and bow. 
Assemble the card with foam pads or 3d glue gel. 

My second project is a papier mache plaque that I coated with a light brown chalk paint, before applying Distress ink through a wood grain stencil. The three flowers were stamped onto thick acetate using black Staz-on. When the Staz-on is dry, cut out the flowers and then carefully shape the leaves by rolling them gently over a pencil, then paint the reverse with acrylic paint. If you shape them after painting you will crack the paint. 
You might notice one of the flowers is quite glittery. This was achieved by applying Turquoise and Yellow Stickles glue to the reverse and again like before shape the leaves before applying the glitter glue.
When everything is dry apply a flat back gem to the centre of your flowers and then adhere to the plaque with 3d glue gel.

Many thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon for more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Sunday 19 June 2016

Dots n' Stripes- Baroque Ornament (by Magda)

This is another beautiful stamp of the Baroque Ornament series, and here is my "Feeling Gratitude" card as my second post for this month.

Step by Step

1. Blend several colours of Distress Ink Pad on the cardstock
2. Stamp with water Dots 'n Stripes for the background
3. Stamp with Versafine or Archival the main image
4. Apply randomly white Gesso through the stencil


5. Blend several colours of Distress Ink pad on the cardstock for the sentiment.
6. Stamp the sentiment from the Words of Gratitude stamp set with water first.
7. Stamp the same sentiment again not in exactly the same place with Versafine or Archival.
8. Stamp Dots 'n Stripes on a blank cardstock and cut out the shape.
9. Position the background on the blank cardstock and draw around the sentiment in order to cut it out later, using the arched edge of the Dots 'n Stripes stamp, where it is possible.
10. Cut and glue on the card background.
11. Add some Stickles dots to give light.

I enjoyed creating this project and hope you will try stamping with water. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you for stopping by,


Saturday 18 June 2016

Dreams Rise In The East (by Asha)

Good morning, friends! I'm back with 2 more projects featuring the brand new Teardrop Baroque Ornament.

First up is an Art Journal page. Actually, its my very first attempt at art journalling. The design is inspired by a Dreamcatcher dancing in the wind at sunrise. I heat embossed the Teardrop Baroque Ornament, with black EP, onto a piece of vellum. I also heat embossed the tassels in the same way. These little elements are from Indian Textiles and Indian Elephant. To create the background I used Distress Paints. For texture and interest, I used the Miniscript from the Mini Stamps Multibuy set and randomly stencilled in some texture paste. To put it all together, I fussy cut the Teardrop Baroque Ornament and supporting elements and adhered them to the page. Finally, I added some string to the tassels.

The second project is an easy one. This time I heat embossed the Teardrop Baroque Ornament onto some black cardstock using white EP and coloured it with Faber Castell Polychromos. For a dramatic finish I added little dots a Silver Sharpie.  And there you have it - a super simple all occasion card.

If, like me, you find Art Journals intimidating, I'd like to encourage you to give it a go. It can be a stratifying experience. Unlike a card, an Art Journal isn't going anywhere. It's for your pleasure and, best of all,  you don't have to worry if the recipient is going to like it. Over at my blog I've got more pictures and details of all the materials used on this project.

Have a lovely weekend and don't forget to swing by often for more fabulous ideas from the rest of the team.


Friday 17 June 2016

Rainbow Garden (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a colourful project for you today, using two of this month's Baroque Ornament stamps.

I created a background spritzing water based sprays onto a damp piece of watercolour paper, and added some more water to blend them. I blotted the paper with a spare piece of card, to help smooth out the colour, and also to create another piece of coloured card for my project. I edged the background with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, and added some stencilling with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.

I spritzed some blue, pink and yellow spray onto a craft mat, and picking the spray up with some water, created a wash of each colour onto some more watercolour paper. I dried each piece of paper thoroughly with a heat gun. I stamped several of the Dots 'n Stripes Baroque Ornament the Tangled Baroque Ornament, plus the centre of one of the flowers from the Tangled Garden stamp set, and the clear Tangled Butterfly stamp onto the coloured backgrounds using Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder. I cut all of the shapes out, and layered them up onto the background. I added a small amount of colour to the butterfly using water based markers.

I drew some stems for the flowers using a fine-tipped pen and added some colour, before adding some doodles to complement the flower designs.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday 16 June 2016

palm fan 2

 Two slightly different takes today using the lovely new baroque ornaments stamps.
For the first card, I wanted to use up some leftover background pieces, using the palm fan embossed in white then coloured with turquoise and leaf green brusho powders.
I cut strips of background, cut streamer edges on the bottom of the strips, then glued them onto white card. The mat was a matching piece of turquoise card, and the base card is 20cm sqaure white card blank.
 I used a darker piece of brushoed card in similar colours to stamp and emboss the palm fan in black, cut it out, added it with foam pads.
The second uses the teardrop stamp as well as the palm fan, but only bits of them!
I had several stamped images that didn't quite work with the brusho backgrounds, and this way I could still use them.
Background was a piece of plain brusho, using leaf green and turquoise again, and a think black mat. Wording is from words of inspiration, stamped in black versafine
( I won't argue if you think it is more of a nightmare, it was one of those 3am ideas!)
I cut out the large fans from the palm fan images and the flowery edges from the teardrop images, and glued them down to represent flowers.
Base card blank is white 15cm square
I hope this has given you some different ideas on how to use these lovely stamps (or even how not!)

Wednesday 15 June 2016

See Beauty (by Rachel)

It's the second week of Rachel guest designer spot and today she is treating us to a beautful twenties design.

Hi everyone, this week is a simple make for those times when we need a card in a flash!

  • I stamped the lady from the gorgeous Fabulous Flappers, masked the image and then used distress and stencils to create the circle and sunburst. 
  • I then coloured the lady and stamped the CB sentiment. 
  • This layer was then added to a larger card where I had used the same colour of distress and another stencil.

I really enjoyed making this and am really looking forward sharing with you again next week.

Rachel x

Once again thank you for another wonderful design Rachel, just love that sunburst behind our Flapper lady.  And of course we will have more projects for you from our Design Team, so please keep tuning in to catch all the latest inspiration.